Monday 19 March 2018

Ed Joyce's unbeaten century helps Ireland level series

Ed Joyce led by example for Ireland
Ed Joyce led by example for Ireland

Ed Joyce struck an unbeaten century as Ireland levelled their five-match one-day international series with Afghanistan courtesy of a six-wicket win in Belfast.

Chasing 237 to make it 1-1 with two games left to play, the hosts eased to victory with 15 deliveries to spare after Joyce carried his bat for 105 off 135 balls.

The Sussex left-hander steered Ireland from a perilous position at 29 for three following Hamid Hassan's early double strike, sharing a fourth-wicket stand of 144 inside 29 overs with Kevin O'Brien.

O'Brien contributed a 85-ball 75 and despite departing with 64 runs still required, former England international Joyce and Paul Stirling - with 39 not out - guided Ireland home.

O'Brien and Barry McCarthy had earlier performed impressively with the ball, taking 3-28 and 3-57 respectively, as Afghanistan let a promising position slip.

The tourists appeared comfortable at 139 for three in the 32nd over until they lost four wickets for 31 runs, including Mohammad Shahzad for 81.

Mohammad Nabi's 40 and 24 from Rashid Khan helped them reach 236 before they were bowled out in the penultimate over.

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